With the constantly progressive growth of the number of researchers and research areas over the last 10 years, CLEPUL has taken care of periodically restructure its functional organization in order to adapt it to the present dynamics of the Centre and make the operationalization of the research work more efficient and its coordination more effective, in order to achieve an ever greater optimization of resources, as well as quantitative and qualitative increases in results.
Thus, CLEPUL currently organizes the backbone of its research work on 7 Research Groups, which are connected to 7 Poles placed across several Portuguese and foreign universities.
Articulated with the Direction of the Centre and linked across its different Research Groups, CLEPUL has also fostered the creation of Research Offices, for the most part on the initiative of young researchers in an advanced stage of training. These Research Offices function as a sort of incubators for research projects, which aim to enhance specific areas of research, with the capacity to become, in the medium term, full-fledged Research Groups.
The Direction of CLEPUL, in cooperation with the Coordination Committee, constituted by the scientific coordinators of the Research Groups, has also promoted the creation of specific Laboratories to provide specialized support to the vital work of creating multimedia databases that are being produced as outputs for the different ongoing projects, foreseeing, in most cases, the availability of digital products on the Internet (e-books, directories, routes, databases, digital magazines, audiobooks, scientific documentaries, digital archives, digital dictionaries, etc.).
CLEPUL’s research is also enriched and supplemented by Autonomous Projects from the individual initiative of researchers who achieve financing from national and foreign public and private institutions, either from within the Centre or with the Centre as a partner.
The Centre's Areas of Research are now called Research Groups (RG), according to FCT guidelines. Currently, CLEPUL has seven RG:
Group 1 – Portuguese Literature and CultureAssociated Pole: Centre for Portuguese Folk Traditions (University of Lisbon)Group 2 – Portuguese-speaking African Literatures and CulturesAssociated Pole: African Studies (Catholic University of Angola in Benguela)Group 3 – Multiculturalism and Lusophone culturesAssociated Pole: From Latinity to Multiculturalism (University of Madeira)Group 4 – Literature and Culture in InterArtsAssociated Pole: Arts and Sciences (University Fernando Pessoa)Group 5 – Iberian-Slavonic InterculturalityAssociated Pole: Lusophone and European Studies (University of Algarve)Group 6 – Brazil-Portugal: Literature, Culture and MemoryAssociated Pole: History, Culture and Education (Federal University of Sergipe)Group 7 – Cultural Heritage MetamorphosesAssociated Pole: Connecting Worlds: Politics, Communication and Culture (Universidade Aberta)